Plans to make Milford road safer after several accidents involving pedestrians

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MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Changes are on the way to Bridgeport Avenue as a local lawmaker and neighbors pushed for changes there.

It’s the section of Route 1 that has seen its share of people getting hurt too. Late this summer, 34-year-old Amanda Keane was walking out of work, when she was struck. The driver took off. She was hurt, but survived.

Then, two days later, a 14-year-old boy was hit and injured. That driver did stop. A terrifying scenario for any mother.

“It’s scary. It’s really scary. It’s specifically one of the reasons why she doesn’t take the bus,” said Allison Bianchi driving her daughter, Amelia to school.

It’s why State Representative Kim Rose, pushed to make changes. Now, the Department of Transportation went to work repainting.Related: Push to make Milford road safer after two people hurt 

The Department of Transportation sent a list of all the issues they’re changing and examining.

Route 1 (Bridgeport Avenue)

* Repainting pavement markings on U.S. Route 1 (Bridgeport Avenue) from the Washington Bridge to I-95 Exit 34 Ramps to include state-maintained crosswalks, stop lines and yellow centerline.

* Reconfiguring the Route 1 northbound (eastbound) lane-use arrangement at Rivercliff Avenue by removing one of the two approaching through lanes. This is to address safety issues regarding the Route 1 merge area between Rivercliff Drive and Kerema Avenue.

* Investigating the lighting along Route 1 from the Milford/Stratford Town Line to Naugatuck Avenue to determine any potential lighting improvements.

* Motorist speed and safety will be addressed along Route 1 from the Milford/Stratford Town Line to Naugatuck Avenue. The Office of the State Traffic Administration (OSTA) has determined that additional speed limit signs are required for this section of U.S. Route 1 and will be installed.

* The timing and coordination of the traffic signals will be reviewed to determine if they are appropriate for the speeds in this area.

* The timing for the traffic signal at U.S. Route 1 and Naugatuck Avenue is being investigated to address congestion for vehicles turning left onto Naugatuck Avenue from the Route 1 southbound (westbound) approach.

I-95 Exit 35 Southbound Off Ramp at Bic Drive

Related: Milford hit-and-run victim speaks out

Investigating the potential installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of the Interstate 95 Exit 35 Southbound off-ramp and Bic Drive. There have been complaints from motorists unable to make left turns at this exit.

“People aren’t paying attention. They’re coming off of a main road that has a higher speed limit and they’re not realizing they need to slow down,” said Rose.

She says ticketing drivers would help. When asked if they would ticket drivers she said, “We discussed it with the Milford Police Department they have stepped up patrols in the area and they are enforcing the speed limit in this area.”

Bianchi lives a block away from Bridgeport Avenue and says, “There’s police over here all the time so the police presence doesn’t seem to matter, but another stop light maybe.”

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